I knew Iowa would move up in the rankings after their win on Saturday; they demolished an opponent also ranked in the Top 20 and a handful of teams ahead of them also managed to get upset in a mildly topsy-turvy opening week for the 2021 season. That said, I didn't quite expect them to go all the way up to #10 in the new AP rankings, but...
The college football AP poll after Week 1— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 7, 2021
3. Ohio State
5. Texas A&M
8. Notre Dame
9. Iowa State
The full AP Top 25 is listed below:
|1||Alabama (59) (1-0)||1571|
|2||Georgia (4) (1-0)||1507|
|3||Ohio State (1-0)||1437|
|5||Texas A&M (1-0)||1288|
|8||Notre Dame (1-0)||1070|
|9||Iowa State (1-0)||1045|
|11||Penn State (1-0)||908|
|17||Coastal Carolina (1-0)||384|
|19||Virginia Tech (1-0)||359|
|20||Ole Miss (1-0)||335|
|22||Miami (FL) (0-1)||229|
|23||Arizona State (1-0)||222|
|24||North Carolina (0-1)||198|
Iowa also made a move upward in the new Coaches Poll, landing at #12 in the new rankings.
The new rankings set up a CyHawk game on Saturday that is not just a game between two ranked teams (for the first time ever) but a Top Ten game. Less than a decade ago, Iowa and Iowa State played a game that ended 9-6 and both teams combined to go 10-15 that season. Suffice to say the trajectory of both programs has improved just a bit since that forgettable 2012 campaign.
This is only the second time ever that Iowa State has been ranked heading into an Iowa-Iowa State game; the first came in 1978, when they were ranked #20. Iowa has been ranked heading into 13 previous CyHawk games, most recently in 2019 when they were ranked #19. Both teams have done well when ranked entering the game; Iowa State is, er, 1-0, having won that 1978 game 31-0, while is 12-1 as a ranked team in the series, with the only loss coming in 2005.
Rankings this early in the season don't mean much in terms of teams' actual quality -- there are three 0-1 teams in this ranking, after all -- but they speak volumes about the expectations associated with those teams. The CyHawk game has never seen a stage like this, nor has it ever featured two teams with expectations as lofty as these teams possess. Let's see which team gets to make a bit more history on Saturday and whose expectations for the season will be dented.